Monday, February 24, 2014

15 Women Artists Who Have Left Their Mark On Modern Design - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Eva Zeisel (American, born Hungary. 1906–2011). Folding Chair. 1948-1949. Chrome-plated tubular steel and cotton, 28 1/2 x 26 x 26 1/2″ (72.4 x 66 x 67.3 cm). Mfr.: Hudson Fixtures, USA. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the designer

15 Women Artists Who Have Left Their Mark On Modern Design
The Huffington Post  | by  Katherine Brooks

When it comes to the world of design, history has paid much attention to names like Frank Lloyd Wright, Josef Hoffman, Le Corbusier and Robert Venturi, producing an archive of the design world's biggest hits filled mostly with... men. Ray Eames -- the female counterpart of Charles Eames -- often makes it into the canon, but names like Charlotte Perriand and Margaret MacDonald are sometimes left out of the genre's popular history.

An exhibit currently on view at New York's Museum of Modern Art is attempting to recalibrate this history, painting a different picture of the iconic design figures well worth remembering. From furniture to textiles to graphic design to ceramics to housing projects, the curiously named "Designing Modern Women, 1890-1990," covers a century of female designers whose stories have long gone untold. 

Full Article found here

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Florida artist apologizes for smashing $1 million vase by artist Ai Weiwei - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

MIAMI - A South Florida artist is apologizing for smashing a vase valued at $1 million that was part of a museum exhibit by noted Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

Maximo Caminero told the Miami Herald on Tuesday that he had no right to destroy someone else's art.

The vase was one of 16 in an Ai installation at the new Perez Art Museum Miami.
Police said Caminero told them he smashed the vase Sunday to protest the lack of support for local artists rather than international ones.

Caminero cancelled a planned Tuesday news conference and did not respond to telephone messages left by The Associated Press. A note on his studio door said his lawyer advised against commenting.

Caminero is charged with criminal mischief over $1,000, which is a felony.

Link to article Miami Herald

So sad but I'm always reminded that most museums have important and often priceless works of art completely accessible to the general public and things like this rarely ever happen.  When they do they make all the headlines but for the most part people are respectful of museum property.  And its a good lesson in impermanence. 

I also wonder what Ai Weiwei thinks of the destruction.  Maybe he won't mind.  I know it certainly brought more worldwide attention to his work. 

It sure started or helped along a community discussion on what is the place of local artists within this new huge local Art scene.  If you would like to participate in the discussion, share your thoughts with the Public Insight Network here  GL

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China

The first major exhibition of Chinese contemporary art ever mounted by the Metropolitan, Ink Art explores how contemporary works from a non-Western culture may be displayed in an encyclopedic art museum. Presented in the Museum's permanent galleries for Chinese art, the exhibition features artworks that may best be understood as part of the continuum of China's traditional culture. These works may also be appreciated from the perspective of global art, but by examining them through the lens of Chinese historical artistic paradigms, layers of meaning and cultural significance that might otherwise go unnoticed are revealed. Ultimately, both points of view contribute to a more enriched understanding of these artists' creative processes.

Metropolitan Museum website

Monday, February 17, 2014

Luis Gispert at David Castillo Gallery - posted by Florida Fine Art Gallery

Luis Gispert _ Tender Game
at David Castillo Gallery

Last week to see this great show! 

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Detroit Art Museum Offers Plan to Avoid Sale of Art / NYT - posted by Florida Fine Art

A still-life painting by the 17-century Flemish artist Frans Snyders was hung at the Detroit Institute of Arts on Wednesday. Daniel Mears/The Detroit News, via Associated Press
Detroit Art Museum Offers Plan to Avoid Sale of Art
New York Times, Jan 29th

The Detroit Institute of Arts, whose world-class collection has been targeted as a potential source of cash to help dig Detroit out of federal bankruptcy, announced Wednesday that it would raise $100 million to help save itself, joining a group of private foundations that have already pledged $370 million toward the effort.

Officials at the city-owned museum, which, along with Detroit, has struggled financially for many years, had said as recently as two weeks ago that such a huge commitment — money to help the city pay its pensions — would be “completely unfeasible.” But in a statement on Wednesday the museum said that it had reached out to corporate leaders in Detroit and would commit to a multiyear effort that would “stretch our fund-raising abilities to their capacity” as a way to protect its collection.

Find the full New York Times article here
This is a follow up to posts I've done before on this subject.  Glad to see the artwork may stay in Detroit and in public hands.  GL

Monday, February 10, 2014

Ray Caesar Show in Italy at the Dorothy Circus Gallery - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog


Gallery House artist Ray Caesar and Anita Kunz are proud to work with Dorothy Circus Gallery who is presenting three exhibitions this month in February.
Ray Caesar “The Trouble with Angels” alongside Canadian darling Anita Kunz “ The Bestiary”. Both shows are scheduled to open February 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm for the public reception at the Dorthy Circus Gallery Rome, Italy with both artists in attendance. This will be followed by February 15, 2014 a museum show at the Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin Italy featuring Ray Caesar.

For more information or to view the VIP price list please email or call 416.587.0057
Gallery House website
Dorothy Circus Gallery

My favorite digital artist. Ray usually shows at Corey Helford Gallery in L.A.  I am posting this just to show off Ray's latest work which is amazing.  And I'm taking the family to Italy later this year and hope to see the museum show!  GL

new work after the break